I have been traveling this week, to Guatemala City. I used to live there and have many friends still, so it was nice to meet again and spend some time sharing their daily lives. Guatemala city has a bad reputation for violence, and I never had any problems in the two years I lived there, but the last time I went for a visit I got mugged on the bus and the trauma is still there. I don’t like to take the bus anymore, watch my back when walking on the streets, and I was not looking forward to being on my own during that trip.
Since I had to renew my visa I needed to carry my passport, and I have been having problems with my money transfers to bring money here, so there were also big ATM withdrawals involved and I had a few stressful days. Luckily, nothing happened. I can’t believe how one bad experience ruined two years of perfect days.
I spent about $300 in three full days, which is a lot, but includes
- Night bus round trip, 350 miles in 8 hours, luxury AC bus.
- A root canal of a tooth that broke around Christmas, never nice but needed
- Visa extension
- Food for my friend who was kind enough to host me
- Foods and drinks out with friends
Other than the admin stuff, I went out a bit, had great food, and reconnected with the modern world, malls, shops, bars… Highlights included wearing warm clothes fresh out of the dryer after three months of hand-washing my clothes (I am used to the warm weather of the North and it was a bit cold here!), a trip to Mc Donald’s (no, this is not what I meant above by ”I had great food”) and a lot of quick eats in the street food-carts, window shopping for perfect house items that BF will pick up when he comes with a car, and reasonably fast internet. Yes, after 3 months of rural life, I am easily impressed. Having a crazy social life for a few days was great, although I am glad to go back to the peace and quiet of my little paradise.
This week marks 3 months of living in Guatemala, and on Monday, you are in for an update so stay tuned! Apart from another stay of 7 months in Guatemala in the winter of 2011, this is the first time in two years that I stay in one country for so long, and it feels good to be rooted and have a home again.
A big thanks to Jason at Work Save Live for guest posting on Monday about how to save money when buying a car.
This week marks the end of the 13 money resolutions for 2013 series, the posts were really popular and I am glad you enjoyed them. Here is the full list if you missed some.
Step 1 start somewhere
Step 2 trim the fat
Step 3 do it yourself
Step 4 stop wasting
Step 5 review your expenses
Step 6 crush your debt
Step 7 make more money
Step 8 be happy
Step 9 max it out!
Step 10 stop buying
Step 11 give back
Step 12 make a plan
Step 13 enjoy!
Last week I shared a tip about how to automate tweets on Hootsuite and this week, in an attempt to save time, I have been looking at Google Reader. Yes, you already have subscribed to many RSS feeds, but do you know you can make lists to prioritize blogs that you check daily, your own blog(s), blogs you just browse when you have time… I also find it easy to read in Reader and get more reading done than on sites. Why? Because the font is consistent, there is no distraction like a toolbar on the side…
To help my fellow bloggers with their stats, I do click on the article when I start reading it, then go back to read on Reader and on the blog again to comment and tweet. It lengthen the time of my visit.
I was featured this week on Frugal Rules, The random path,Canadian Budget Binder,Money Bulldog, Work Save Live, Eyes on the Dollar, Outlier Model, Making sense of cents, Carnival of financial camaraderie, One Smart Dollar,Modest Money, Lifestyle Carnival, Carnival of Financial Planning,
Here are a few great posts for you to enjoy!
Save big money on feeding your family by double dipping at Frugal Farmer
What is the best way to make money on the internet? at Frugal Portland
Benefits of a crappy job at Eyes on the Dollar
Dream technology at Budget and the Beach
How I turned my passion and skills into making extra money at Canadian Budget Binder
Why not to have children… ever at Outlier Model
Do you have what it takes to be a paper boy? At Edward Antrobus
January, time to get financially fit at Money Principle
5 ways to save money on home insurance at Money Bulldog
How often do you upgrade your phone at Digital Personal Finance
Malibu mail – Random acts of kindness at Unique gifter
Time to establish financial and savings goals for 2013 at Broke Ass Mommy
A mobile phone dilemna at Savvy Scot
How to go from hobby to a business at My Money Design
Enjoy your weekend! Anything nice planned? Some snow activities maybe?